Bury your head (or radicalise the military)

Two weeks ago I went onto Mark Latham’s Outsiders and warned that the politically-correct push to recruit ‘devout Muslims’ would endanger the lives of Australian Defence Force members.

Here is just part of that push, direct from the Royal Australian Navy’s recruitment webpage:

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And now we have yet more proof of how dangerous this insanity is.

A US soldier, Ikaika Erik Kang, has just been arrested for providing support to the Islamic State.

No doubt, he is a devout Muslim.

It’s bad enough that Kang is ready to kill inside America for the Islamic State. However, the affidavit filed in court shows just how foolish things have become.

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Kang is not some recent radical convert. As far back as 2011 he made threatening statements and even argued pro-Islamic State views while serving as a soldier on base and in uniform.

What happened?

Not much.

He had his security clearance revoked. Then it was reinstated. And he was ‘counselled’ to keep his mouth closed.

Better a quiet jihadi than a potential claim from a Muslim soldier that he is suffering at the hands of institutionalised racism…

And if you think this madness is confined to the US military, think again.

Late last year the Australian Army trialled a new leadership course for junior Army officers. It involved a lengthy lecture from a senior Muslim explaining why we should all convert to Islam. And a mosque visit was scheduled into the program.

It also included a presentation from the Qantas Diversity and Inclusivity Officer. She explained how ‘diversity’ works at Qantas (and should work in the ADF):

“Diversity can’t thrive unless everyone agrees. If there are people who didn’t agree, we removed them.”

And with those words ringing in their ears, young officers were given this scenario:

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You have ten minutes, young lieutenant, to explain what you will do. And remember, if you get the answer wrong, your career is over.

One junior officer ventured the opinion that this situation required a ‘security incident report’. After all, this soldier has just changed his personal habits in a most radical fashion to please his potential in-laws from a strict, Islamic family in Pakistan.

And Pakistan, as we know, is home to many people who support groups like the Taliban.

As such, this situation should be investigated to ensure that it does not present a security risk to the Australian Army.

This solution might seem like common sense. That’s probably why it was not the ‘correct’ solution.

The course was told that it was inappropriate and not sensitive to the needs of the Islamic convert. It did not ‘accommodate his beliefs’. It would have been far better to discuss options that would allow the fast-radicalising soldier to pray, fast and eat in accordance with Sharia law within the Defence workplace.

In America, Kang might have been allowed to continue serving for years after his pro-Islamic State comments. But he was eventually referred to the FBI.

In Australia, we should not expect the same. Our junior officers are being indoctrinated to turn a blind eye to radicalisation within the Defence Force…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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